Orangeburg hospital increases security after emergency department shooting

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 5:44 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It’s been just over a month since the shooting at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

It happened on the morning of Wednesday, April 10. The hospital has made several security changes.

Hospital officials say the nurse who was shot has been released from the hospital and that the employee is improving daily.

The day of the shooting the employee underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office say the person who shot the nurse, Abrian Sabb, was a patient at the hospital.

They say Sabb entered the hospital and then left on his own. Reports say he returned with gun and started shooting in the emergency department.

Regional Medical Center officials say they have additional round the clock security both armed and unarmed and will soon install metal detectors.

Right now they are using wands in the emergency department until the metal detectors are installed.

There's also a new check-in system for guests and visitors.

The hospital says they are also working with the security company Allied Universal. It's conducting an organization-wide security assessment and will provide a plan for implementing the appropriate recommendations.

The hospital is also working with local law enforcement to refine their preparations and training.

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